A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Brian Sewell

Brian is an environmental news junkie concerned with our lagging energy policy and revealing the true cost of coal on our health, the environment and the climate. He is Appalachian Voices' Director of Strategic Advancement.

Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

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Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

Pipeline Basics

A quick look at how pipelines are regulated, whether they’re needed, and what the environmental and economic effects are.

Electric Rate Reform Pits Utilities Against Consumer, Clean Energy Advocates

Electric utilities across the Southeast are proposing a variety of rate reforms that could raise utility bills and deter energy efficiency across the region.

Trump’s War on Reality

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Special column adapted from the Front Porch Blog: Trump’s administration has set a dangerous precedent of relying on dishonesty and alternative facts instead of addressing the scientific truths behind coal and climate change.

Considering Clean Power Compliance

From The Appalachian Voice:Almost everyone agrees that the Clean Power Plan is a game changer. Beyond that though, arguments about the climate regulations are often deeply colored by politics and disconnected from the plan’s intention or realistically expected outcomes. Here’s how Appalachian states are reacting to the final rule.

“Clean coal” is on the fritz

Futuregen_DOE_Concept_artFrom The Appalachian Voice Online: As one of the most high-profile and hyped-up projects of its kind, the FutureGen “clean coal” plant in Illinois was supposed make history. So the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy is backing out of its $1.1 billion funding promise to the project sent a shockwave through the coal sector and investors, energy analysts and environmentalists all took note.

An interview with Christopher Scotton, author of “Secret Wisdom of the Earth”

chrisscottonFrom The Appalachian Voice Online: “Secret Wisdom of the Earth,” the debut novel by Christopher Scotton released this week, is a coming-of-age story that takes familiar themes — tragedy and the quest to find healing — and explores them with the backdrop of a Central Appalachian community beset by mountaintop removal coal mining.

The Value of Running Water

By Molly Moore Appalachia’s signature streams and rivers braid together the region’s hills, hollows and pastures, offering fishing, recreation and transportation in addition to the planet’s most vital liquid. Rivers are so integrated into daily life that some people cross

Build a Rod, Tie a Fly: In Search of Healing Waters

By Brian Sewell When David Frady, a 46-year-old from Leicester, N.C., woke up this morning, he felt like going fishing. So far, the rain has kept him indoors, where he’ll practice tying flies, work on the small boat he volunteered

Recycling the Rain Brings a Barrel of Savings

By Paige Campbell Tom McMullen may be the most water-wise homeowner in the neighborhood. McMullen, his wife Amanda and their two sons live on six-tenths of an acre inside the town limits of Abingdon, Va. A small front lawn and